A sprawling adaptation of James A Michener's doorstop novel about an 1820s Yale divinity student (Sydow) who becomes a missionary to the underdeveloped Hawaiian islands. The conflict between naïve dogma and naïve innocence is effectively established, but the spectacle is always broader than it is deep. Dashing sea captain Harris' desire for Sydow's friendly, outgoing wife (Andrews) provides the love interest, the storm scene a much-needed dose of riproaring spectacle.

By: NF

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Director: George Roy Hill
Screenwriter: Dalton Trumbo, Daniel Taradash
Cast: Max von Sydow
Julie Andrews
Richard Harris
Carroll O'Connor
Torin Thatcher
Gene Hackman
Jocelyn La Garde